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David Closs

David J. Closs, PhD, LQ Executive Editor, Michigan State University: Dr. Closs completed his MBA and PhD at Michigan State in 1978 focusing on the topics of marketing, logistics and management science. He an active member in the CSCMP and was editor of the Journal of Business Logistics and executive editor of LQ Magazine.

Krista Collinson

Krista Collinson,Vice President Omni Channel; Stores, Ecommerce & Technology, ToysRus Canada. In this role, she works with the Canadian executive team on the development of short- and long-term logistics, supply chain and Omni-channel strategy for the business. She is recognized globally in the Toysrus family as being a key global leader in Omni channel, supply chain, technology and logistics, successfully leading the way for many countries, in new strategic initiatives within the company.

Krista is an accomplished professional, with over 20 years of retail experience. She has proven track record of increasing revenues, profits and market share through savvy business and infrastructure initiatives. Her deliberate approach to building businesses and managing infrastructure to support growth has been a key deliverable to EBITDA contribution over the years.

She has proven track record in Canada in the Omni channel space, building for the future and integrating within the retail business to delivering a best in class experience for customers. She recognizes the impact of inefficiencies in the business as it impacts the most important part of the value chain, the customer. She has successfully started up an ecommerce business in Canada that continues to see double digit growth annually.

Her most recent work included, opening a new Distribution Centre in Delta, Vancouver with a 3PL partner, supporting the growth of business, implemented strategic sourcing changes and overall changes to the replenishment model for retail stores in 2011 with a 3 month start-up of 180,000 sq ft facility with full automation and WMS support. The Omni channel growth in 2012 was supported with the opening of 55 store fulfilment operations across Canada building on to the network of the 3PL fulfilment centre for Ecommerce.

In the same year, Krista successfully led the transformation of supply chain automation and merchandise operations, moving the organization to demand driven supply chain methods in inventory management, forecasting and replenishment. This included a full organizational change to a sales and operations planning model, with a customer centric approach to merchandise operations in the organization. With the main deliverable of improving availability on shelf to consumers, changing order cycle times, while driving inventory investment out of the company and improving turns.

Krista is an avid fundraiser, supporter of giving back to communities and supporter of corporate sponsorship of social responsibility. Krista is the Chair for Toysrus Golf Classic for the past five years, supporting the growth of charity event annually. Krista has served on the Board of Directors for Starlight (Ont) from Feb 2012 to July 2013, also served as co-chair of their Gala Fundraising committee.

Krista is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Brock University.

Virginia Garbutt

Virginia Garbutt, Senior Director, Logistics, Walmart Canada: Virginia has been working with Walmart Canada for over 11 years. As Director of Strategic Network Planning and Continuous Improvement, she is responsible for Logistics Network Strategy, DC Design, DC Construction Engineering and Sustainability. Virginia has led the design, build and implementation of Wal-Mart Canada's 9 Distribution Centers totalling 5.9 million square feet.
Virginia leads the team that designed and pioneered Walmart's first sustainable distribution centre in Balzac, Alberta. The Perishable Distribution Centre features 30+ environmentally-friendly design features, including wind and solar technologies, smart refrigeration, LED lighting and hydrogen fuel cell technology. This facility is targeted to be 60% more energy-efficient than traditional centres.

Brian Gibson

Brian Gibson, PhD, teaches logistics and supply chain management courses in Auburn's undergraduate, graduate, and distance learning programs. He is the recipient of multiple College of Business awards including the 2004 Research Award, the 2004 MBA Teaching Award, the 2002 McCartney Teaching Award and the 2002 Outreach Award. Dr. Gibson is active in supply chain management research. He has co-authored 25+ articles and is a frequent presenter at industry conferences. Recent articles have appeared in the International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications, International Journal of Logistics Management, Journal of Business Logistics, and Supply Chain Management Review. Dr. Gibson participates in executive education, corporate training, and consulting projects. He is a curriculum planner and instructor for Accenture's Supply Chain Academy. Dr. Gibson has also participated in the development and delivery of training programs for multiple organizations, including IKEA, Ryder Integrated Logistics, Saturn, Transfreight, Unilever, and WC Bradley. Dr. Gibson is involved in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals as a project researcher, roundtable advisor, and conference presenter. He is also on the executive committee of the Distribution Business Management Association. He also serves as an editorial review board member or reviewer for five publications.

Thomas Goldsby

Thomas J. Goldsby, PhD, LQ Executive Editor, The Ohio State University: Dr. Goldsby has held previous faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky (2005 - 2011), The Ohio State University (2000 - 2005), and Iowa State University (1998 - 2000). Dr. Goldsby holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Evansville (1992), M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky (1993), and Ph.D. in Marketing and Logistics from Michigan State University (1998).

Michel Khennafi

Michel Khennafi, Director, Logistics North America, Johnson Controls, Building Efficiency in Milwaukee: Michel is an accomplished and recognized Supply Chain and Logistics professional who has 15+ years of business successes on both domestic and international levels. Prior to his position at Johnson Controls, Inc., he was the Manager, Logistics North America Parts & Service Organization at Case New Holland (CNH).

His areas of expertise are the creation, the implementation and the management of very efficient Supply Chain solutions and Distribution Networks. Michel's expertise has been acquired and developed during his professional experience in Europe and in North America with CLE 128 (Supply Chain Execution and Transportation Management Systems), Catalyst International, Inc (Supply Chain Execution), Ryder Systems Integrated (Third Party Logistics.)

Michel has designed and implemented Supply Chain Solutions for companies in the Automotive Industry (Siemens, Renault SA, Volkswagen, GM, Uni-select, Dana), the pharmaceutical industry (Wyeth, Dade Behring, Eli Lilly, Aldrich Chemicals) and successfully managed logistics projects for Sony, Panasonic, Boeing, Castle Metals, Lauzier. During his tenure at CNH, Michel has assembled a team of experienced and committed Supply Chain and Outbound specialists and significantly transformed the CNH North American Distribution network making it one of the most efficient network in the industry, both in terms of service to the customers (internal and external) and in terms of costs to CNH.

In his current role, Michel manages the Parts Distribution network for Johnson Controls, Inc. Building efficiency. Michel is responsible for the definition, the design, the sourcing and the implementation of the transportation strategies for all modes. Michel is also passionate about Operations Research (OR) and has designed and implemented many changes to the CNH and Johnson Controls, Inc. distribution models and strategies using OR models and techniques.

Tom Moore

Thomas A. Moore, Managing Partner, Transportation, Warehouse Optimization: Tom has over 30 years of experience managing operations and providing continuing counsel to companies that are recognized as logistics’ leading practitioners, such as Nestle, Procter & Gamble and BP. The model of providing continuing counsel (for example, Procter & Gamble since 1992 and BP since 1989) has generated a deep understanding of supply chain operations and how to make great companies even better. His areas of specialty are:
• Improving supply chain operations
• Enhancing transportation and warehouse planning and execution
He is a practical businessman having run warehouse and truck fleets. As a founding partner of Transportation | Warehouse Optimization, he takes his practical knowledge of operations and how things “really” work, and applies them to create a “holistic” approach to improvement, recognizing all the aspects of improvement are an important part of the “system:” – people, systems, organizations, and procedures. Tom holds a Master of Commerce in Operations Research, and B.S. in Mathematics both with Honours from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Cliff Lynch

Tom Nightingale, President, GENCO Transportation Logistics: GENCO Transport Logistics manages more than $1.5 billion in freight annually. GENCO Transport has the leverage and experience to manage the largest freight transportation projects. GENCO offers a complete range of transportation-related services, including transportation management, consulting, and procurement services; freight brokerage; and inbound logistics management along with parcel management.

John Salt

John Salt, Senior Vice-President, Supply Chain, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited: John is the Senior Vice-President of Supply Chain and supporting flow of information between Canadian Tire’s merchandise suppliers and retail stores. Since his appointment to this role in 2009, John has been instrumental in upgrading the systems supporting the operations of Canadian Tire’s Logistics and Transportation functions and has deployed upgraded technology within the distribution centres to improve quality and productivity. Most recently, John led the restructuring of the automotive supply chain in support of the Company’s automotive infrastructure initiative.

Tim Scott

Timothy (Tim) Scott, Vice President, Order Management, GENPACT. Tim's mandate is to lead the Order Management practice while adding strategic insights on future opportunities across the consumer goods, retail and life science sectors in North America and Europe.

Tim has over 18 years experience managing all levels of the integrated supply chain serving large organizations such as Nestle, Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods and Mondelez International. Tim secured his executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA from the Royal Military College of Canada, at which time he also received an Officers’ Commission in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Tim's primary strength is to inspire team commitment to innovate end to end Supply Chain & Operations initiatives. He drives for superior improvement in the bottom line while enhancing process, productivity and safety to support the top line. He is an outstanding communicator and facilitator; building powerful, sustained relations with all process stakeholders.

Nick Seiersen

Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.B.A., P. Log., LQ Executive Editor, formerly the Corporate Supply Chain Manager of Poland-based KGMH's International operations where he was responsible for the Supply Chain of the Copper mines in: Sudbury (Ontario), Nevada (USA), and Chile, as well as the new mine projects. He specializes in supply chain consulting, particularly strategic sourcing and supply chain planning and operations, and teaches executive development at universities in Europe and North America.

Nikhil Sathe

Nikhil Sathe, CFO, Genpro, a fast emerging and non-asset 3PL and Senior Advisor, G2 Capital Advisors, is known for his 3PL Industry expertise, bringing over 26 years of international and C-level experience in the transportation and logistics industry. Nikhil has been CFO of Kelron Logistics (currently known as XPO Logistics Canada) for over 11 years. Prior to Kelron Nikhil has had long tenure in Sub Saharan Africa with diverse Multinational Companies. Nikhil brings expertise and proven track record of business turnarounds, M & A and strong P & L Management. Nikhil is known for his knowledge capital in the 3PL industry and is a regular speaker at recognized industry associations such as Eye for Transport (EFT), Transportation Logistics Council (TLC), Logistics Quarterly (LQ) and Supply Chain and Logistics Canada (SCL) on State of the Industry, Risk Management and Mergers and Acquisitions. Nikhil is a member of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Association for Corporate Growth-Toronto Chapter (ACG); American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI) and Finance Executives International (FEI), Canada. In March 2013 Nikhil assumed the role of Strategic and Management Consultant of Genpro Inc., a New Jersey based 3PL to improve their strategic, operational and economic performance.

Ellen Voie

Ellen Voie, President and CEO of Women In Trucking and founder of the Women In Trucking Association in March 2007. Women In Trucking was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, to remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members. Voie's prior role was the manager of retention and recruiting programs at Schneider, Inc., North America's largest truckload carrier. Voie serves on the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association board of directors and was the 2014 recipient of the Frank W. Babbitt award. In 2012, Voie was honored by the White House for being a "Transportation Innovator Champion of Change." She holds a commercial driver's license as well as a pilot's license.

Ellen Voie

Robert A. Voltmann, President and CEO, Transportation Intermediaries Association since 1997. TIA is the only organization representing the interests of North American transportation intermediaries of all disciplines: brokers, domestic freight forwarders, air forwarders, international forwarders, logistics management companies, intermodal marketing companies, and perishable commodity brokers. Prior to joining TIA, Bob was the Director of Policy for the National Industrial Transportation League. Before his NIT League position, Bob was appointed by President George Bush to serve as Chief of Staff to Interstate Commerce Commissioner Ed Emmett and prior to coming to Washington, DC, he worked for two economic development and area planning associations.

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